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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group – June 3, 2021

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Load management encompasses the critical strategies of ensuring that power supply and demand meet cleanly at a point that doesn’t stress the grid or cause financial stress on utilities or customers, an area that will be of increasing importance with each passing year. In this monthly digest, we cover the most talked about and newsworthy articles in this space that were published on Energy Central over the past four weeks. We invite you to ‘get a load of this!’ every month and track the load management sector.

 

The World’s First Vehicle-to-Grid Ecosystem

Mat Castle

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/worlds-first-vehicle-grid-ecosystem  

As the world of load management comes more prominent, one of the most anticipated tools for demand management is the growing fleet of electric vehicles, whether commercial or in residential garages across the country. The idea is that rather than build out energy storage systems to enable load management practices, perhaps the batteries in electric cars will be able to be tapped into (for a price to willing participants) to accomplish the same feat but with less cost, infrastructure, and resilience. The idea of sending power from an EV to the grid is known as vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, and in this article Mat profiles the city of Utrecht which is looking to become the first functional V2G ecosystem. All eyes will be on them!

 

The Future of Home Energy Management

Elizabeth Parks

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/future-home-energy-management

The other key area to watch when it comes to growing load management practices is in home energy management. Being able to effectively tap into the customer themselves and deploy smart energy solutions—whether that’s installing assets like PV + storage or instituting efficiency and demand-side management practices—remains somewhat untapped from the utility side, but the impact can be huge. This article shared by Elizabeth Parks dives into what that future home energy management ecosystem could look like.

 

Virtual Battery Introduction

Charles Grunewald

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/virtual-battery-introduction  

In order for batteries and energy storage technologies to compete on the grid as an asset with as much influence and power as central generating plants, the digital technologies that enable virtual batteries will be a critical advancement. A lot of this technology is still emerging, so the Energy Central community is tracking it closely, but this introduction from Charles Grunewald of Blattner Energy gives a great starting point.

 

Con Edison to Combine Battery Storage and EV Chargers at the Same Site in New York

Roger Arnold

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/con-edison-combine-battery-storage-and-ev-chargers-same-site-new-york-electrek

Finishing once again on the power of EVs to be the storage and flexibility needed to unlock new energy management techniques, New York utility Con Edison is steering into these possibilities on a commercial basis by co-locating battery storage and EV chargers in a lot in New York that will create lots of new opportunities to tinker with what V2G might mean, how EV drivers will react to various compensation profiles, and more. This is a project to watch!

 

 

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